- May 25, 2016
Yes, we know: there are a lot more than just five reasons to hate your dentures. For the sake of giving you something that won’t take hours to read we’ve decided to keep our list to just five. If you wear dentures you can probably guess what a few of them will be – there are some pretty common reasons patients hate their dentures.
We’ve fitted plenty of people for dentures at Shorewood Family Dental Care. While we try our hardest to make dentures that fit reliably and look natural there’s only so much that can be done with a traditional set of partial or full dentures. If you wear them you know that all too well!
#1: They Don’t Stay Put!
By far the most common complaint we hear from denture wearers, it’s definitely true: dentures just don’t stay in the right spot no matter how much adhesive or goop you use. They slip, they fall out, and thy have a tendency to embarrass you in front of friends and family.
Dentures are supposed to stay attached with suction, but let’s be honest – the can only do that so well, and not nearly well enough to get you the level of comfort and use that you want. Not to mention that the longer you have them the worse they seem to fit!
#2: Eating Is Nearly Impossible
Meal time can be a real effort. First there’s figuring out what you can and can’t eat, and then on top of that there’s cutting it up into tiny little bites that you can handle with your dentures. Let’s not even start on chewing – it can be almost impossible depending on what you’re trying to eat.
Mealtimes with dentures simply aren’t enjoyable, and no one should have to plan their meals around their teeth – it makes everything a real hassle!
#3: You Can’t Taste Very Much
Most of us don’t even think about our palates and how important they are for tasting and enjoying food. You definitely know it if you wear dentures, though: your palate is covered and most foods are … unpalatable!
Malnutrition is incredibly common among denture wearers. In fact, the reason that denture wearers have a shorter life expectancy is largely due to their poor diets. When the act of eating is a hassle and you can’t taste very much of what you do eat it’s no surprise that dietary problems plague denture wearers!
#4: They Irritate Your Gums
Hives, redness, rashes, and swelling: all common problems for denture wearers. Your gums simply weren’t meant to handle all the force that your dentures put on them. Eating and speaking just end up grinding your dentures into your gums, which in turn push on the bone beneath them. It’s not pleasant!
Natural teeth anchor to the bone, which is why chewing doesn’t hurt. All the force from using your teeth is distributed into your jaw, so you never even feel all that force. Not so with dentures – it’s always right there to remind you!
#5: The Fit Keeps Getting Worse
How long have you worn dentures for? If the answer is more than a year or two you’ve probably noticed something: they don’t fit nearly as well as they used to. That’s because they bone that makes up your dental arches is shrinking.
Without teeth to support the bone in your jaw it’s absorbed by your body, and the process doesn’t stop. Over time bone loss can lead to easily broken bones, a sunken face, and dentures that are harder to wear than ever before.
What We Can Do About It
Your dentures themselves aren’t the problem: it’s the fact that the technology behind them has arrived at the end of the road – there’s nothing more that traditional dentures can do to be more stable or reliable. Thankfully there are alternatives that can modify your dentures into a system that works perfectly.
Dental implants, which act like artificial tooth roots, can be placed in your jaw and used to hold your dentures in place. With only a few implants we can modify your dentures to pop right in place and stay there securely all day long.
You won’t need to have your palate covered, you’ll be able to eat a lot more foods than before, and you’ll never have to worry about your teeth falling out. They’ll stay put from the moment you put them in until the moment you go to bed.
We’re Ready To Transform Your Smile
Getting dental implants can change your life, and all it takes is that first phone call to our Shorewood office. If you want to find out how we can give your dentures a new lease on life then don’t wait – call us today!